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New Advances in Formosan Linguistics

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Title: New Advances in Formosan Linguistics
Author(s): Zeitoun, Elizabeth (ed.)
Teng, Stacy F (ed.)
Wu, Joy J (ed.)
Keywords: Taiwan languages
Austronesian languages
Taiwan languages--Dialects--Phonology
Taiwan languages--Morphosyntax
Date published: 2015
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Asia-Pacific Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
Citation: Zeitoun, E., Teng, S.F. & Wu, J.J. (Eds.) (2015). New advances in Formosan Linguistics. Canberra, ACT: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
Series/Report no.: Asia-Pacific Linguistics: A-PL 017
Studies on Austronesian Languages: 003
The present volume is a festschrift in honour of Lillian M. Huang, who, in a very few years, became a leading figure in Formosan linguistics after she obtained her PhD degree in 1987. Over the past twenty-eight years, she has been involved in important groundwork, in both academia and indigenous language policies in Taiwan, as we will show below (sections 3 and 4). She has been engaged in the development of both through her pre-eminent role in projects relating to typological studies on Formosan languages in the early 1990s, and on language teaching materials and proficiency tests since the late 1990s and early 2000s. Lillian may retire in a few years. Before she does, we thought it would be most appropriate to honour her by putting together papers by a number of scholars and students who have benefitted from or have been in contact with her in one way or another (e.g. through collaborative work, teaching, supervising, advising etc.). The idea of such a volume was conceived by Elizabeth Zeitoun in the autumn of 2009. Further plans were initially worked out with Stacy F. Teng, soon joined by Joy J. Wu. The three editors have been close to Lillian since the early and mid 1990s. Of the three, Zeitoun, who has been working with her on diverse projects for over twenty years, is her closest collaborator on the academic level. Both Wu and Teng were Lillian’s MA supervisees. Through her fieldwork courses, she introduced Wu to Amis and Teng to Puyuma, languages on which they are still working. The title of the present volume, New advances in Formosan linguistics, reflects our pursuit of publishing cutting-edge, provocative, and thoughtful papers that explore new directions and perspectives on Formosan languages and linguistics. It is worth noticing that this is the first collected volume on Formosan languages that has not issued from a workshop or a conference—the papers included in this volume are thus varied in terms of topic coverage—and the first that specifically deals with (and covers nearly all) the Formosan languages, a grouping understood in its broader context, that is, including Yami, a Batanic (Philippine) language spoken on Orchid Island under the political jurisdiction of Taiwan. (Note: first three paragraphs of foreward).
ISBN: 978-1-922185-17-4 (ebook)


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